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    Videos (all days) - Hatsu 2021

    Today I started to catch up with your videos and a bout made me curious. Arikawa faced Maniwayama on day #1 but neither has been included in your list.
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    Hi! What's happened while I was gone?

    You missed Sugishita, but luckily you came just in time to catch the peak of Hattorizakura. On a more serious note, pretty much what was said in the first reply, plus Asashoryu's dominance from 2003-07, which highlighted the difficulty of the Super Nintendo Generation raised in the 90's to catch up with strong and ambitious rikishi from abroad. The one foreign per heya rule and the fact that some foreigners have clinged to their posts despite their decline or lack of success has helped Japanese younger generations a tad bit.
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    How to get back into Sumo after a long time away?

    I am sorry to hear about your poor health. I hope it improves. In a way it is good that you have forgotten almost everything about sumo. I believe that most of us enjoy sumo the most when we can't really tell rikishi apart and don't know what to expect from a bout. This fresh look is part of the fun. That aside, all the references that you must have used before are probably still there. Try watching some sumo and then checking here and elsewhere for things you don't know but would like to. I feel it is more productive than trying to store loads of information without any context.
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    Retired after Aki 2020

    Goeido took over officially as Takekuma just two days after Hatsu's senshuraku and given that no one is using Kotoshogiku's kabu and that the writing was on the wall all the time, Kotoshogiku could probably have done likewise had he already made his mind. I believe he has decided that he was injured but not done and will give it another go like Miyabiyama did, probably facing similar results.
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    Promotion/Demotion/Yusho Discussion Aki 2020

    I have been playing chess for years now so I am quite familiar with the Swiss system. I just rephrased what I previously said to add the idea that I am not to convinced he is ready to survive lower Juryo. But thanks anyway.
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    Promotion/Demotion/Yusho Discussion Aki 2020

    Sakigake can move up this ladder with a win tomorrow (and a demotion in November), but I don't believe he will defeat Takagenji. Kudos to Jokoryu for getting his promotion. Even the commentators sounded somewhat enthused. It was a rough start (0-3), but when there are so many demotion candidates in Juryo you can't miss your kachikoshi. What doesn't look good is the fact that all his wins came against struggling opposition (three MK in makushita and Kitaharima at 5-7).
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I think it is like Tochinoshin's case. A matter of when and not if. The Georgian had the time to win one Yusho and enjoy his time in the limelight as an Ozeki (not a very strong one, though) before his knees failed him. Terunofuji will have managed to win at least one more yusho. It is probably worth the effort, but only the man himself can tell if the reward/ effort ratio was fair.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Whenever I see Kotoshogiku I get the impression that he has already decided to retire but wants to go out "on the dohyo", so to speak. Speaking of veterans, it is kind of amusing to see Akiseyama doing relatively well in Juryo. Moderately talented super heavyweights tend to have a hard time remaining competitive past their 30's, let alone 35, even when they join at a later age after an amateur career. Yanagawa , Tenkaiho, Nakao and Tokushinho are just some of names that come to mind. What makes Akiseyama a bit different, I believe, is that instead of putting even more weight, he has managed to shed some, which has greatly improved his balance and speed, making him less vulnerable to pushes, thrusts and specially lateral attacks.
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    Sumo Reference Updates

    I believe that the same person is referred to as Oki Kasuke by the JSA website, while the doitsubase treats him as Oki Kazuki.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    With both Shohozan and Kotoshogiku struggling, Hakuho is bound to become the second oldest in Makuuchi. Maybe there is another record to be beaten there, but outlasting Tamawashi is a tall order. As a side note, I really liked that electrocardiogram print on that kimono.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    And for the first time in ages without his many braces. Not bad.
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    Preparations of the Y/O- Aki 2020

    I don't believe it should be very uncommon. Kotoshogiku and Tochinoshin had such bouts and that is the very first example that popped my mind.
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    Preparations of the Y/O- Aki 2020

    Many times I've heard him say : "I haven't trained at all before this basho". But it usually comes after the first loss.
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    Preparations of the Y/O- Aki 2020

    I'd love to hear a conversation between Dr. Now and Takakeisho about the latter's recent weight gain. "A cell phone and clothes explain a 31 pound gain, really ?"
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    Shiba Takumi

    Nice that you asked. I used to follow him for a while, back when I had more spare time. I know nothing besides what's written on his Japanese wikipedia (weakpedia?) entry and elsewhere on the web. He was a big kid and placed 2nd in fourth grade at a local meeting, but becoming a pro wasn't actually part of his plans, but eventually in middle school he managed some good results which attracted the attention of some scouts. He then joined the sumo program of Saitama-sakae high school. Apparently he lost his interest when seeing Tsurugisho and Daishomaru perform, but after representing Saitama at an All-Japan, he decided to join pro sumo. To be honest, after watching Daishomaru I sometimes also lose my interest in sumo. I don't know if that is the All-Japan referred to (probably not), but here is some footage from the All-Japan 2010, which was 10 years ago but feels like yesterday. Shiba appears at around 1:25. This channel has his other bouts, by the by, but that's from round 3.